Bulldogs get tie against defending champs

Girls' soccer: Burbank falls behind by two goals, but comes back to tie Crescenta Valley, 2-2, in league opener.

December 17, 2010|By Grant Gordon,

BURBANK — With a two-goal advantage in the second half, it might have looked to most that a victory for the Crescenta Valley High girls' soccer team over Burbank was all but in the books.

First-year Falcons Coach Jorden Schulz wasn't one of those people, however, as she prognosticated that her team would need two second-half goals to keep the Bulldogs at bay.

"I knew they were gonna come out hard in the second half," Schulz said. "I think we were ready for them. [No.] 9 just beat us."


No. 9 was Burbank senior standout Annabell Gonzalez, who scored two second-half goals to rally the Bulldogs to a 2-2 tie against the visiting Falcons in the Pacific League opener for both teams that was up for grabs until the final seconds.

"If you look at the first half, it's a good tie," said Burbank Coach Loi Phan, whose team finished second behind Crescenta Valley in last season's league standings. "We had a lot of chances, we just didn't put it away."

The match's last chance was had by Crescenta Valley (2-3-2), however, as Dani Busta crossed a pass to Jordan Royer, who got off a hard shot only to have it carom off the post. Moments later, Busta took one last desperation shot that went out of bounds. After Burbank (2-2-1) played the ball back in, the whistle blew.

"I can't believe that didn't go in," Schulz said of Royer's attempt.

Goals by Whitley Boller in the first half and Katie Callister in the second half forged a 2-0 Falcons lead, but Gonzalez scored off a throw-in to cut the lead in half before tying the match on an unbelievable shot from the right side that she crossed on a line into the far corner of the net.

Burbank was the first to be left scratching its head, though.

In the fifth minute of play, Gonzalez took CV defender Mallory Carcich on one-on-one and Carcich stole the ball, but got turned around and Gonzalez took it right back. With Carcich on her hip, Gonzalez had a step and was one-on-one with Falcons goalie Jessi Magallon, who challenged and was able to deflect a low shot for a save. Not long after, Burbank's Maddie Carlborg had a shot on an exposed net off a throw-in, but popped the shot up and over the crossbar.

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